Start Off the Year Right!
As we inch closer and closer to the first day of school, so much is starting to come out about how to spend the first days. It seems that people generally feel the same way about starting the year out right:
Establishing norms is important for setting the tone of your year together
Kids need to experience the norms to really understand them and feel their need
Norms take purposeful and consistent implementation to last
Proper implementation takes time, but that time is worth it in the long run
I encourage you to look for posts out there to fine tune your week 1 tasks. A great place to start, which is cited by so many as inspiration, is with Jo Boaler’s Week of Inspirational Math and her norms at YouCubed. Laura Wagenman has a great post found here chock-full of links to activities and tasks which align with Jo Boaler’s norms. I really liked how Mark Chubb posted on these same norms here, and at the end he gave some really good suggestions for the types of tasks to be looking for to establish these norms.
Sara VanDerWerf shared last winter a really awesome task called 100 Numbers that really gets groups looking exactly how you want them to look, complete with a suggested norms checklist for students. Sarah Carter posted about the Broken Circles task which really elicits student need of each other as well, complete with a reflection at the end.
However you do it, start things out right and keep spreading the messages to kids that math is awesome and accessible to everyone!
Written by Matthew Engle (@pickpocketsbme)